But City's spell as a contender didn't last long, and the club spent much of the 1980s and '90s bouncing like a yo-yo between the top two divisions. Only 14 years ago, City became the first former winner of a European competition to fall into its country's third-tier league.
United fans were almost too busy to stop and laugh, with Ferguson on his way to making the Red Devils the most successful club England has ever seen. Ferguson has regarded Liverpool, Leeds, Arsenal and even Chelsea as more important rivals to United and only recently upgraded City from "noisy neighbors" to "direct opponents."
At the moment, both City and United have 83 points, but City has the advantage on goal difference. So if City fails to beat QPR on Sunday, United can outdo its hometown rivals once more if it beats Sunderland.
"We have one match left to play at home and we have to deliver in this game," Toure said.
This may not be the last laugh, but little brother is definitely growing up.
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